Brett Hankison was involved in serving a warrant on Breonna Taylor’s home in Louisville. A grand jury announced that fired Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid of Taylor’s home on the night of March 13.
Within 15 minutes of the announcements, news reports acknowledged that trucks had already arrived with pre-printed Black Lives Matter signs as crowds gathered. Radio reports stated that Antifa was observed in the area as well. Taylor’s family and friends have called for calm and spoken out against outside groups, like Antifa, coming into the city.
As of Wednesday afternoon, massive crowds are forming in downtown Louisville.
The decision came after evidence was presented by a team led by Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who is black and a Republican.
Hankison could face up to 15 years in jail if convicted. He was fired in June for violating police department rules.
Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder said Hankison violated procedures by showing “extreme indifference to the value of human life” when he “wantonly and blindly” fired 10 shots into Taylor’s apartment. Schroeder also said that Hankison violated the rule against using deadly force.
Police officers exchanged fire with Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who fired a shot that struck one of the officers, Cameron told reporters during a press briefing on Wednesday shortly after Hankison was indicted.
Ballistics evidence showed Taylor was struck six times, including one shot that killed her. There’s no conclusive evidence that Hankison fired any of the shots, he said.
An FBI analysis showed the fatal shot was fired by Detective Myles Cosgrove.
The investigation found that Jon Mattingly and Cosgrove “were justified in their use of force” after being fired on by Walker, according to Cameron.
Hankison, Mattingly, Cosgrove, and the detective who sought the warrant, Joshua Jaynes, were placed on administrative reassignment after the shooting.
Walker told police he heard knocking but didn’t know who was coming into the home and fired in self-defense.
He was initially charged with attempted murder. That charge was later dropped.
Police had a “no-knock” warrant when they carried out the March 13 raid, and believed Taylor was stashing drugs for her ex-boyfriend. No drugs were found in the apartment.
Hankison, who fired 10 shots during the botched raid, was later fired.
Earlier this month, Taylor’s family settled their wrongful-death lawsuit for $12 million.
The Kentucky city’s police department declared a state of emergency on Tuesday ahead of the decision on whether to charge any of the officers.
Fischer ordered access to downtown parking garages restricted and set a countywide 72-curfew, beginning from 9 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.